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Tennessee: University employee threw away gay newspapers

Stephen Gray August 9, 2012
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After the incident, activists online raised thousands of dollars to help the library buy replacements.

An employee at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is being investigated after she was seen throwing away dozens of copies of a local gay newspaper from a communal area.

The unnamed woman was seen on CCTV taking the papers from a news-stand area for students and throwing them into rubbish bins on two separate occasions.

Nashville’s WSMV described her as a long-standing employee of the university, which was founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt in the 19th century.

Patrick Armstrong, the editor of the local gay title, Out & About, said the mystery of disappearing copies of the newspaper had been going on for a year.

The paper, formerly free, began charging 50 cents a copy so the police could investigate the missing copies as criminal incidents. Mr Armstrong said if it continued they could sue the woman, a lab manager at the university, for theft.

The university told WSMV: “The matter is under internal review to determine if there is any need for further action by Vanderbilt. We recognize that this is a particularly sensitive issue and want to assure our campus is a safe and welcoming environment.”

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